After Arshadeep Singh bowled 5 noballs in the second T20, it was thought that Harshal Patel will be played in his place. But the management has faith in him. Despite his failure in the first two T20Is, Gill was favored by coach Rahul Dravid and captain Hardik Pandya. Hardik said that they did not show their best performance in the last match, but they fought till the end.
Sri Lankan captain Dasun Shanaka said that he would have chosen to bat if he had won the toss. He said that he will play aggressively in this match as he did in the last match. Shanaka said that Avishka Fernando is playing in place of Bhanuka Rajapaksa who failed in the last two matches. Avishka Fernando has the ability to hit big.
India won by 2 runs in the first T20 on 3rd January in Mumbai. Sri Lanka won the second match in Pune by 16 runs. In that match, Sri Lanka lost the toss and batted first. They scored 206 runs for the loss of 6 wickets in 20 overs. Instead, India were restricted to 190 runs for the loss of 8 wickets in 20 overs. Despite the failure of the top order in Pune T20, Akshar Patel and Suryakumar Yadav tried to win the team with a partnership of 91 runs in 42 balls.
Indian Team: Ishan Kishan (wicket keeper), Shubman Gill, Suryakumar Yadav, Rahul Tripathi, Hardik Pandya (captain), Deepak Hooda, Akshar Patel, Shivam Mavi, Umran Malik, Arshadeep Singh, Yuzvendra Chahal.
Sri Lanka: Pathun Nissanka, Kushal Mendis (wicket keeper), Avishka Fernando, Dhananjaya de Silva, Charita Asalanka, Dasun Shanaka (captain), Vanindu Hasaranga, Chamika Karunaratne, Mahish Theekshana, Kasun Rajitha, Dilshan Madushanka.
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